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12 months ago I thought I’d take my digital photography passion to a new level and start researching and writing up digital photography tips.

The last year here at DPS has been a blur and has exceeded all of my expectations. Here’s some of where we’ve come to so far:

  • Here on the blog we’ve uploaded 257 tutorials, tips and articles in 13 categories
  • We currently have a monthly readership of around 230,000 people
  • DPS has an email newsletter subscription list of over 18000 subscribers
  • The DPS forum has a membership of around 2500
  • We have an RSS feed subscriber count of just under 15,000

Ok – enough self congratulation – the main reason I started DPS was that I wanted to improve my digital photography and wanted to create an online community where together we could learn more about our hobby.

Highlights from the Past Year

So on celebratory days like today I like to look back and reminisce a little so for today’s post I’m going to post a list of some of the most popular tutorials and tips that we’ve featured here at DPS over the last year (based upon traffic). Here’s the Top 20:

  1. The Rule of Thirds – an early post on a basic compositional ‘Rule’
  2. Working the Lines in your Photography – a mini series on different ways of seeing and using lines in your photography
  3. 11 Tips for Better Candid Photography – tips on one of my favorite styles of photography
  4. How to Photograph Pets – cute animal photography!
  5. How to Photograph People When Traveling – 7 tips for getting great people shots on your next trip
  6. 10 Beach Photography Tips – one of the most popular tutorials we’ve had
  7. How to Photograph Sunrises and Sunsets – sunsets and sunrises are a bit of a cliche shot – but it’s still fun to learn how to photograph them
  8. How to Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography – the first photoshop tutorial on DPS and one that got ALOT of traffic
  9. How to Take Great Group Photos – another common shot and how to take them
  10. 10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo - a mental check list
  11. Introduction to White Balance - learn to play with this basic camera setting
  12. Learning about Exposure – The Exposure Triangle - the start to a series designed to help you get out of ‘Auto Mode’
  13. 10 Tips for Photographing Babies – did I mention that I became a Dad this year? Here’s what I’ve learned about photographing our baby
  14. 7 Digital Camera Predators and How to Keep them at Bay - keep your camera safe from these predators
  15. How to Take Sharp Digital Images - some basic tips on getting clear images
  16. How to Choose a DSLR Camera – DSLRs are getting cheaper and I was getting more and more questions about how to choose one (also see how to buy a digital camera – a 9 step guide)
  17. How to Be a Curious Photographer – one out of left field that seemed to connect with people
  18. 13 Tips for Improving Camera Phone Photos – one of my old articles from another blog updated
  19. Slow Sync Flash - a fun and effective technique
  20. 5 Black and White Photography Tips – from our Black and White Photography Series

Lastly – let me say thank you to DPS readers. Every day I get emails from readers asking questions, giving feedback and suggestions and encouraging me with stories of how their photography has been improving. I’m learning a lot from you and appreciate you being a part of the DPS community.

Thanks also to those of you actively promoting Digital Photography School. The word of mouth growth that we’ve experienced this year has been quite massive – so thanks for writing about us on your blogs, emailing your friends and promoting us in your photography clubs, to local magazines and all of the other things you’re doing.

So here’s to our first year. I’m looking forward to many more!

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category.

Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://drivebyshooter.net/ Luis Cruz

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.xanga.com/asinine Yurik

    Happy Birthday! I’m really glad I found the site, it’s been very helpful!

  • http://wafflesradio.com Chris Osborne

    Nice job. With the professionalism that this blog handles itself with, I never would have guessed that it’s only a year old.

    Also, thanks for that list of posts. Being someone who found the site relativly recently, seeing that list is a lot easier than looking through everything. And don’t think I haven’t done that with some categories.

  • http://www.kunaldaswani.blogspot.com kunaldaswani

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope we have many more! all the best Darren! :)

  • http://www.webtrias.nl Triglav

    Congratulations! So far this site (well, the founders and all the contributors that is) helped me to improve by giving honest criticism (did I spell that correct?). I hope I can give that back and help to get this forum to the next anniversary!

  • http://todaytech.multiply.com analycer

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the good tips (and comments too :))

  • http://www.stuvel.eu/ Sybren

    Congratulations from a daily reader!

  • http://www.hitkaiser.com Hitesh Sawlani

    Happy Birthday indeed, it’s been amongst my fav. blogs during the year !

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/blog Darren

    thanks all – I appreciate your kind words and love that you’re enjoying what we’re doing here!

  • Roccstar2

    Congratulations!

  • mdwsta4

    congrats and happy Birthday!
    as others have mentioned, i stumbled upon this site probably 9 months ago and am glad i had.

  • http://www.hisbeautyformyashes.blogspot.com Lacy

    I love DPS! Such a great place to learn and grow in our skills. Darren-superb!

  • sana

    It’s a happy birthday indeed, there are so many good reason to celebrate! I can’t even count all the good things I have learned here. Thanks Darren and the team for keeping it running.

  • http://e-salhab.com Emile

    DPS is Great, useful and straight to the point! Keep up the good work and wishing you all the success for the next years to come.

  • Saralonde

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all your hard work, Darren. This site has been tremendously helpful to a lot of us that are trying to improve our skills.

  • Paul

    Congratulations on making a year. This blog is responsible for my now fully fledged love of photography. It’s taken me from enjoying the ocassional candid-shot to really wanting to learn and trying things out.

    Thank you very much for all the hardwork that goes into the blog, and the wonderful friendly community it supports.

  • Ian

    Happy Birthday! And congratulations. Your site is a joy to read. I can see how much hard work goes into all the articles to help us understand such a fantastic interest.

    Thanks again!

  • Luciano

    Happy Birthday! This is one of the best photography websites I´ve seen. I really enjoy all the articles and learn every day here.

    Thank you for the excellent job!

  • http://www.agroinitiatives.com Vijay Shah

    Heartiest Wishes to all making the DPS successful ! And Happy birthday to the team. I am very carefully reading the news letter and the tips and even try out some.
    Its grear to be a member.
    Keep it up !

  • http://www.photoaxe.com Lau

    Happy Birthday!!! You’re doing a great job here, definetly deserve a great great sweet sweet big cake. :)

  • http://www.photographyvoter.com Paul

    Happy birthday and keep up the good work

  • ribkaje

    Happy Birthday!! Keep up the great work, Darren. This is an awesome site.

  • Jona

    Well I found you on Monday, which I now know was your bday, and I must say I am glad to have discovered you! Happy Birthday, only a year old and already so well put together -
    congrats on a great site.

  • http://coolware.blogspot.com syahid ali

    can’t stop reading dps from day one i discovered it. useful, great content for photographers, even casual ones. happy birthday dps and keep up the great shots err i mean work!

  • http://jordanm.wordpress.com/ Jordan Meeter

    Bappy Hirthday! ;]

  • http://finaconfitura.blogalia.com Netito

    Happy birthday!!

    And Big Thanks for all those posts…

  • metin

    I wish you a happy birthday and a succesfully new years..

  • vincent madrid

    Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the great tips

  • Soniya Khan

    Happy Birthday & Congratulations!
    This is one of the best photography websites I´ve seen. I really enjoy all the articles and learn every day here.Thanx alot
    Keep it up !!!

  • Cheryl

    thank you and happy birthday and many many more !!

  • http://n/a Diane Queen Miller-Montana

    Thanks for a great site. Love the “Curious..” article. I take shots of “ordinary” items and make them \the focal point… much to the surprise of the people who visit my vendor space at Market or craft sales. It’s great to have a green and white fire hydrant with 1965 across the middle. Or the sidewalk stamp with 1908 and the concrete company name. It’s history, it’s ordinary and it makes me curious.
    Happy Birthday… your newsletters are saved in my DPS folder to browse at will and there is ALWAYS something that makes me improve my photography technique. Many happy returns !

Some older comments

  • Diane Queen Miller-Montana

    September 9, 2008 12:08 pm

    Thanks for a great site. Love the "Curious.." article. I take shots of "ordinary" items and make them \the focal point... much to the surprise of the people who visit my vendor space at Market or craft sales. It's great to have a green and white fire hydrant with 1965 across the middle. Or the sidewalk stamp with 1908 and the concrete company name. It's history, it's ordinary and it makes me curious.
    Happy Birthday... your newsletters are saved in my DPS folder to browse at will and there is ALWAYS something that makes me improve my photography technique. Many happy returns !

  • Cheryl

    July 31, 2007 02:08 am

    thank you and happy birthday and many many more !!

  • Soniya Khan

    May 1, 2007 02:41 pm

    Happy Birthday & Congratulations!
    This is one of the best photography websites I´ve seen. I really enjoy all the articles and learn every day here.Thanx alot
    Keep it up !!!

  • vincent madrid

    April 30, 2007 12:04 am

    Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the great tips

  • metin

    April 27, 2007 07:42 pm

    I wish you a happy birthday and a succesfully new years..

  • Netito

    April 27, 2007 07:57 am

    Happy birthday!!

    And Big Thanks for all those posts...

  • Jordan Meeter

    April 27, 2007 01:18 am

    Bappy Hirthday! ;]

  • syahid ali

    April 26, 2007 08:06 am

    can't stop reading dps from day one i discovered it. useful, great content for photographers, even casual ones. happy birthday dps and keep up the great shots err i mean work!

  • Jona

    April 26, 2007 04:03 am

    Well I found you on Monday, which I now know was your bday, and I must say I am glad to have discovered you! Happy Birthday, only a year old and already so well put together -
    congrats on a great site.

  • ribkaje

    April 25, 2007 10:41 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Keep up the great work, Darren. This is an awesome site.

  • Paul

    April 25, 2007 07:57 am

    Happy birthday and keep up the good work

  • Lau

    April 25, 2007 05:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!! You're doing a great job here, definetly deserve a great great sweet sweet big cake. :)

  • Vijay Shah

    April 24, 2007 09:28 pm

    Heartiest Wishes to all making the DPS successful ! And Happy birthday to the team. I am very carefully reading the news letter and the tips and even try out some.
    Its grear to be a member.
    Keep it up !

  • Luciano

    April 24, 2007 08:35 am

    Happy Birthday! This is one of the best photography websites I´ve seen. I really enjoy all the articles and learn every day here.

    Thank you for the excellent job!

  • Ian

    April 24, 2007 04:48 am

    Happy Birthday! And congratulations. Your site is a joy to read. I can see how much hard work goes into all the articles to help us understand such a fantastic interest.

    Thanks again!

  • Paul

    April 24, 2007 03:06 am

    Congratulations on making a year. This blog is responsible for my now fully fledged love of photography. It's taken me from enjoying the ocassional candid-shot to really wanting to learn and trying things out.

    Thank you very much for all the hardwork that goes into the blog, and the wonderful friendly community it supports.

  • Saralonde

    April 24, 2007 12:15 am

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all your hard work, Darren. This site has been tremendously helpful to a lot of us that are trying to improve our skills.

  • Emile

    April 24, 2007 12:13 am

    DPS is Great, useful and straight to the point! Keep up the good work and wishing you all the success for the next years to come.

  • sana

    April 24, 2007 12:03 am

    It's a happy birthday indeed, there are so many good reason to celebrate! I can't even count all the good things I have learned here. Thanks Darren and the team for keeping it running.

  • Lacy

    April 23, 2007 11:19 pm

    I love DPS! Such a great place to learn and grow in our skills. Darren-superb!

  • mdwsta4

    April 23, 2007 11:06 pm

    congrats and happy Birthday!
    as others have mentioned, i stumbled upon this site probably 9 months ago and am glad i had.

  • Roccstar2

    April 23, 2007 08:18 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Darren

    April 23, 2007 07:50 pm

    thanks all - I appreciate your kind words and love that you're enjoying what we're doing here!

  • Hitesh Sawlani

    April 23, 2007 07:00 pm

    Happy Birthday indeed, it's been amongst my fav. blogs during the year !

  • Sybren

    April 23, 2007 05:58 pm

    Congratulations from a daily reader!

  • analycer

    April 23, 2007 04:30 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the good tips (and comments too :))

  • Triglav

    April 23, 2007 03:45 pm

    Congratulations! So far this site (well, the founders and all the contributors that is) helped me to improve by giving honest criticism (did I spell that correct?). I hope I can give that back and help to get this forum to the next anniversary!

  • kunaldaswani

    April 23, 2007 03:13 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope we have many more! all the best Darren! :)

  • Chris Osborne

    April 23, 2007 02:16 pm

    Nice job. With the professionalism that this blog handles itself with, I never would have guessed that it's only a year old.

    Also, thanks for that list of posts. Being someone who found the site relativly recently, seeing that list is a lot easier than looking through everything. And don't think I haven't done that with some categories.

  • Yurik

    April 23, 2007 01:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! I'm really glad I found the site, it's been very helpful!

  • Luis Cruz

    April 23, 2007 01:14 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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